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{Past Event} - Sharing Call: Let's Talk About Transportation!

February 10, 2016 - 2:00 pm - February 10, 2016 - 3:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


According to the EPA, Transportation accounts for 27% of US Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. As major employers in the community and because of their complex supply chain logistics, hospitals are positioned to lead efforts to reduce transportation GHGs by influencing employee commuting behaviors and supply chain distribution practices. Join us on February 10th, 2016 at 2pm EST to learn about the health and business cases of reducing transportation GHGs. Speakers from PGH Award-winning hospitals will review the language and metrics of tracking transportation performance and share alternative transportation success stories (i.e., ride sharing, walking/biking, public transit partnerships). Catch a glimpse of what's in store at the CleanMed 2016 Transportation pre-conference, and get a sneak peek at the PGH Transportation Tool Kit, scheduled for release in the summer of 2016.


Colleen Groll, Sustainability Program Manager, Seattle Children’s, Seattle, Washington.
Colleen Groll, MSN, LEED AP. Sustainability Program Manager, Seattle Children's, Seattle, Washington. Colleen Groll leads sustainability programs for Seattle Children's. She had a long career as a nurse practitioner in primary care and oncology before making the transition to sustainability. In 2008 Colleen began work at O'Brien & Company in Seattle, working on innovative green building projects across the Pacific NW. In 2013 Colleen moved to Seattle Children's to build a comprehensive sustainability program. Colleen holds a bachelor's degree from Niagara University and a master's in Nursing from Simmons College. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) and LEED AP.

Jamie Cheney, Director, Transportation Program, Seattle Children's Hospital
As Director of Transportation Systems at Seattle Children's Hospital Jamie oversees the development and implementation of transportation policy and programs utilizing transportation demand management (TDM) strategies. Transportation systems include parking, shuttle planning, bike programs, end of trip amenities, right of way improvements, transit passes, encouragement and customer service. Transportation innovation at Children's Hospital serves the hospital's strategic need to aggressively reduce drive-alone commute trips as well as provide best-in-class transportation options to 6,000 employees across seven worksites. Seattle Children's Hospital has been the recipient of numerous state and local awards for transportation innovation and trip reduction performance including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 King County Diamond Awards and the 2012 Governor's Commute Smart Award. Jamie previously served as executive director at Commute Seattle, a private-public partnership working to reduce the portion of drive-alone commute trips as a way to enhance Downtown Seattle's economic competitiveness. Jamie led strategic planning, program development, and designed commute trip reduction consulting services for employers and commercial property owners. Jamie also served as general manager of Flexcar and Zipcar. She led fleet operations, marketing, business sales, and customer service strategies to grow the Seattle market as the nation's flagship car-sharing market.

Sarah O'Keeffe, Sustainability Specialist
Sarah E. O'Keeffe works in the Sustainability Office at University Hospitals. In her role as a Sustainability Specialist at UH, Sarah coordinates and implements system-wide sustainability programs related to the Healthier Hospitals program challenge areas as well as UH-specific programs and goals, particularly those related to Safer Chemicals, Smarter Purchasing, Less Waste and Transportation. Just after joining UH in early 2014, Sarah started a Transportation and Wellness program to increase regular biking amongst employees in the UH system, using the National Bike Challenge platform. The program has run for two years and will be expanded in 2016 to include community rides for employees and other stakeholders of University Hospitals. Other transportation initiatives being pursued for 2016 at UH include community bike share sponsorship and participation in the City of Cleveland's Celebratory “Year of Sustainable Transportation” through collaboration with other community institutions.

Sarah's prior professional experience includes one year as a Sustainability Consultant for Case Western Reserve University, running outreach projects and a large reporting initiative related to the university's commitment to climate action. Sarah has also served as a grant administrator at CWRU School of Medicine, volunteered as a member her city's Transportation Advisory Committee and is a current board member and community bike ride leader for her community's bicycle coalition. Sarah holds an MBA in Non-Profit Management, with an emphasis on Sustainability, from the Weatherhead School of Business.

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